Our Board of Directors
Founder, Board President, Treasurer
Anna David is the Founder of NICU Families Northwest and serves as President of the Board of Directors. Her nine years of experience in Human Resources facilitates an environment that emphasizes ethics, confidentiality, and communication. She has a practiced ability to maintain a dual focus; advocating for NICU families and preserving the culture and values of the peer-to-peer network, while navigating the complex landscape of hospital administration in order to effectively accommodate hospital needs in the design and delivery of NFNW projects and programs.
Anna’s daughter Miranda was born a trimester early and received care in the NICU for 80 days before coming home. The NICU experience was emotionally, physically, and mentally challenging for her and her family, and it inspired Anna to affect change in how NICU families are supported locally. She is also the founder of a hospital-specific support group for families of babies born into the NICU at Randall Children’s Hospital, where Miranda was born.
Now that Anna works from home and is freed from the 9-5 schedule, she can be found baking, crafting, or otherwise making at all hours of the day and night. Her can-do, will-do attitude is contagious and her service in support of NICU families has been her most rewarding work yet.
Jen Davis joined the NICU Families Northwest Board of Directors in 2017. She has a background in corporate strategy, business development and project management in both the private and public sectors. Jen currently works part-time in the health analytics field, leading projects to improve quality and access to care for Medicaid members.
Jen’s twin daughters were born 5 weeks early at Providence St Vincent, and spent two weeks in the NICU. While their stay in the NICU was shorter than many, the experience had a profound long-term impact on Jen’s mental and emotional health. Jen is committed removing the stigma associated with mental health issues and to reducing the feelings of isolation that often come with being a NICU parent.
When she’s not adventuring with her family, working or volunteering, Jen can be found on the volleyball court or in front of a graphic design program. Jen has a passion for helping organizations live their mission, and she relishes the opportunity to do that work for NFNW via her role on the Board of Directors.
Retired Members of the Board of Directors
Casady Monroe served on the Board in 2016-217. Her depth of empathy, creativity, and a love for early childhood development was an incredible asset to our organization. In her time as a Board Member, Casady obtained many in-kind donations from local businesses, worked alongside community volunteers assembling materials for inpatient families, trained her critical eye on NFNW content for editing and corrections, and championed our inaugural partnership with Write Around Portland for the Fall 2017 Six-Week Workshop. It was our pleasure to have Casady on the NFNW Board of Directors.
Emily Craigie became a board member of NICU Families Northwest in 2017 and served through 2018. Her daughter was diagnosed with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia at 24 weeks and was born at 38 weeks. Her son Ari also received care in the NICU when he was born at 38 weeks due to GBS bacterial meningitis. In her time as a Board Member, Emily managed the hospital partnership with OHSU/Doernbecher, spent hours of hands-on time alongside regular volunteers, and made a meaningful contribution to our team. We congratulate Emily in having been asked to work more closely with OHSU as they steer into a major renovation of their Neonatal Intensive Care.
Emily Terriquez served two terms with the NICU Families NW Board of Directors, the second of which was in the capacity of Treasurer. Emily’s oldest son, Sander, was born ten weeks early and received care in the NICU for 35 days before coming home. Three years later, her youngest son, Ashton, was born eleven weeks early and spent 56 days in specialized care. Emily’s combined NICU experiences each brought unique challenges and her perspective as a two-time NICU parent proved invaluable. Furthermore, Emily’s experience as an attorney, attention to detail, and organization helped the Board establish policies and create a budget that helps guide our work today.
Laura Cowley-Martinson‘s passion for supporting others made her a valuable member of the Board from 2016 through 2018. Her creative thinking and enthusiasm for events translated into thoughtful and well-planned gatherings for our NICU parents. Her son spent 29 days in the NICU and as a result Laura understood the isolation and loneliness that often occurs when bringing home a premature baby. We will be excited to celebrate with Laura when she completes her Master’s degree in Education with a TESL specialization from Portland State University in the Spring of 2019.
Corinne Sanders served on the NICU Families Northwest Board of Directors from 2017-2019 and made a substantial impact organizing and engaging volunteers in her capacity as Volunteer Coordinator. With a strong corporate background and outgoing personality, Corinne built strong relationships while contributing to project and policy development. In 2013, Corinne’s twin sons were born eight weeks early and spent 25 days in the NICU at Providence St. Vincent. In 2016, her third son was born five weeks early. Corinne is now a full-time Realtor.
Erin Reed joined the NICU Families Northwest Board of Directors in 2016 and was Vice President from 2017-2018. Erin’s son Wyatt was born 9 weeks early and spent 45 days in the NICU at Randall Children’s Hospital. During their stay, she quickly realized there was a much greater need for a supportive, nurturing community for other families enduring the challenges of a NICU experience. Erin leaves the NFNW Board to pursue advancement opportunities in her capacity in the Marketing department at Deacon Construction. We wish her well and will miss her commitment and compassion.
Brian McCool joined the NICU Families Northwest Board of Directors in late 2017. When Brian’s daughter was born 12 weeks early and delivered by emergency c-section, they spent 8 weeks in a NICU in Southern California. He and his family felt supported by the NICU Parent Coordinator in-hospital but they didn’t have much advance insight into life after discharge.
Fawn McCool began serving on the NICU Families Northwest Board of Directors in 2018. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in maternal mental health, infant loss, and birth trauma. Fawn’s passion lies in connecting families to therapists early on in their parenting journey and educating the community on the effects of a NICU experience. Fawn openly shares about her battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) brought on by the trauma of having a premature baby. She uses her story to inspire other parents to connect with mental health professionals and to not suffer in silence.